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Fly Fishing. Skiing. Family Retreat.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms + family room (Sleeps 9-10) with 3 full baths and incredible viewss

The Bold Fisherman Ranch provides the ultimate escape yet perfect place for discovery. The house sits amidst 75 acres on the Gallatin River in the center of some of the world’s best fly fishing rivers with easy access to the Gallatin Highway as well as privacy and quiet for the ideal Montana retreat. Just 12 miles/20 minutes south of Bozeman, it's also 20 minutes from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN) with readily available rental cars and shuttles to the property.

Perfectly situated between Big Sky Ski Resort and Bridger Bowl (40 minutes to each), 1 hour from Livingston and the Paradise Valley, and 1.5 hours from West Yellowstone or Gardiner, the western and northern gates to Yellowstone National Park.

The property features a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home, fully furnished and equipped; a stocked trout pond immediately outside the home; and ¼ mile frontage on the Gallatin River, one of Montana’s renowned fly fishing rivers. Caretakers live on the property and are available for guidance and assistance, as well as maintenance. While close to the Gallatin Highway, the home and property afford incredible privacy, beauty, peace and quiet.

The house:

• Private and quiet, with views of the pond, 85+ year old barn, Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks of the Gallatin Range of the Rockies. Abundant wildlife.

• Sleeps up to 10

• 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths (one master bedroom with king; one bedroom with queen; one bunk room with double bed on bottom; twin on top and twin trundle bed; one family room with queen pull out couch, 2 twin futons and a queen airbed). Linens provided.

• Stone fireplace with firewood provided

• Full kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, 2 refrigerators (one downstairs), fully equipped

• Gas BBQ Grill

• Eating areas indoors and on outside decks

• Phone service, wireless internet access, flat screen TV with satellite connection; CD player and Ipod dock

• Double paned windows and baseboard heating throughout

• Washer/dryer

• Mudroom for flyfishing and ski equipment

• Decks and covered porch

The property:

• 75 acres with private access from Gallatin Highway

• ¼ mile river frontage on the Gallatin River; trout pond; meadows, springs, row boat for pond, easy access for fly fishing

• 85+ year old barn

• Outdoor fire pit for evening camp fires, weather and drought conditions permitting

• Caretaker family living on property for guidance, concierge services, help and maintenance

• Views of the foothills and Spanish peaks beyond the pond and river

• Winter cross country skiing out the door

• Wildlife seen from the windows of the house include: many varieties of ducks, geese, Great Blue Heron, Bald Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, and other birds, deer, fox, beaver and the very occasional moose and bear

The vicinity:

• 12 miles and 20 minutes from Bozeman with access to all shopping needs, The Museum of the Rockies and local restaurants, bars, cultural events and movie theaters. Bozeman is a town of 37,000, home of Montana State University (10,000 students) and is the center of the Gallatin Valley.

• 20 minutes from the Gallatin Valley airport with easy rental cars; pickup can be arranged with property caretakers.

• ½ mile from The Gallatin Gateway Inn (hotel and restaurant) and the small community of Gallatin Gateway (get your bison burger fix at the locally popular Stacey’s Grill!)

• 40 minutes from Big Sky Ski Resort, Lone Mountain Ranch (a Nordic ski resort and summer dude ranch) and Bridger Bowl

• 1 ½ hours from the western and northern entrances to Yellowstone National Park

• 1 ½ hours to Virginia City (the original state capital of Montana, restored to its 1800’s condition)

• Floating on the Gallatin and Madison Rivers

• 1 hour from Three Forks, Montana, the site of Lewis and Clark’s camp at the convergence of the Gallatin, Jefferson and Missouri Rivers; and the Madison Buffalo Jump (a Shoshone site for buffalo hunting)

• Easy driving distance to dozens of trailheads for day hikes and backpacking in the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area/Spanish Peaks, Gallatin Canyon, Hyalite Canyon and other areas

• Winter access to cross country ski trails

• Fly fishing river guides on adjacent property and available through local contacts

Caretakers live on the property and are available for consultation, guiding, airport pickup and dropoff, concierge services and maintenance. Arrange for the house to be stocked with groceries and other necessities prior to your arrival if desired. They will also make arrangements for fly fishing guiding, float trips and instruction in advance of arrival.

More Details

Property Manager
Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2017

About Owner/Property Manager

This property has been owned by our family as a retreat for 25 years. Originally Chicagoans, we now live on both coasts. The second generation of our family now owns the ranch and is offering it as a vacation rental. The caretakers have lived on the property for 16 years and are available for guide services in the area, as well as any other needs.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this house in 1990

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Montana

The Bold Fisherman Ranch was originally bought as a fly fishing retreat, but it quickly became a family gathering place given the beauty and serenity of the property. When you can pull yourself away, the ranch is in close proximity to the area's wonders, including the Gallatin River, the Spanish Peaks, Big Sky, Bridger and Yellowstone National Park. Twenty minutes from Bozeman, it offers a perfect combination of easy access to shopping and amenities with privacy and the feeling of a rural retreat. The trout pond and river access make it a rare property for both fly fishing afficianados and lovers of Montana beauty.

What makes this house unique

Traveling down the drive from Gallatin Highway, one enters the ranch and quiet and beauty descend. The views from the house include the fishing pond, an 85+ year old barn, expansive meadows bordered by the Gallatin River, and the Spanish Peaks in the background. Wildlife abounds, and the sky changes constantly: as beautiful on clear days as when clouds roll across the sky. We frequently see deer, fox, bald eagles, herons, ducks, sandhill cranes and more from the house. We never tire of the views and the sound of the river flowing through the bottom of the meadow, whether gathering by the stone fireplace in winter, or hanging out on the expansive deck in summer.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bozeman in Gallatin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Master bath has full tub with jets and steam bath; a separate shower; ceramic tiles and wooden cabinets. The other two bathrooms are downstairs. Bathroom 3 is shared with Bedrooms 3 and 4. Bathroom 2 is attached to Bedroom 2. Downstairs baths have linoleum floors and wooden cabinets; full tub/shower combination in each.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom on main floor with attached Master bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • The Master bedroom features the following: a walk-in closet with built-in dressers, king bed, deck with views of the pond and river, attached master bath (also the bath for the main floor) with shower and bathtub with jacuzzi and steam. Bedroom 2 is downstairs with attached bath and walk-in closet with built-in dresser and a view of the pond. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed (double on the bottom, twin on top) and built-in closet and dresser space. Bedroom 4 is a family room with sleeper sofa and stored futons. All bedrooms have views of the pond and meadow beyond.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting


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(25 traveller reviews)

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Fly Fishing. Skiing. Family Retreat.
average rating of 4.76 based on 25 reviews

Family get away for daughters graduation.

  • 4 of 5

We were looking for a place where the family could stay together while visiting Bozeman for our daughters graduation from MSU. This house provided the needed room and the 3 bathrooms were a plus. Access to the Gallatin and the pond on the property was enjoyed by the fishermen in the group. Our favorite part was observing the geese, goslings, deer, muscrat, turkey, fox and a variety of birds.

The house itself is pretty dated and needs a good spring cleaning. I had to clean long black hair out of the master shower drain before I could use the shower. There is only one small tv in the house and the satellite was not working, but Erik quickly repaired it and was fixed by the second day we were there.

The main windows to the house are losing their seal and fog up. The deck and railing are pretty splintery and wobbly and not recommended for young children.

If you're looking for a rustic place with great fishing opportunities then this house is for you.

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Comfortable Stay in Gallatin Gateway

  • 4 of 5

Our stay at the Bold Fisherman's Ranch was very comfortable. We were primarily skiing at Big Sky. The house is well equipped and roomy for our party of 8. It is at least a 50 minute drive to Big Sky, and be forewarned that when it snows, it can be a very harrowing drive. Erik made our stay great by giving some dining suggestions in Bozeman and clearing the driveway after our 14" snowstorm. If you are looking for a luxury ski-in and ski-out place for the winter, this is not your place. But if you want a warm, comfortable place to hang up your skis and don't mind a drive, you will be happy here.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful views and wildlife from the large windows. Most days we watched deer, ducks, geese, magpies and muskrats. The catch and release trout fishing in the pond at front of the house was great fun. The mowed paths around the property allowed us to enjoy the nice weather and spectacular fall colors. Caretakers for the property, Erik and Jacki, live next door and made checking into the home very easy. It snowed several inches the last morning we were there. One of them came over and cleaned off our vehicle long before we even awakened! The home itself was a bit outdated and furniture showed some wear. Never the less, it was clean and homey and comfortable. It was well stocked with most kitchen necessities like spices, sugar, cooking oil, etc. We are able to make several complete meals without having to buy those little items like seasonings. We utilized the large fireplace in the living room most evenings. There was an ample supply of wood available for our use. A TV room is located on the lower level of the home with a smaller TV provided. Perfect for a little catching up on the evening news. If you are expecting a large screen for lots of movie watching, don't rent this property. Wifi worked well. All of the appliances were in good working condition.The drive into Bozeman takes about 15 minutes and to Big Sky in about 45 minutes. We enjoyed our stay immensely would not hesitate to rent this property again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

We were so fortunate to be able to spend a full week at this special ranch. Great fishing, birds , pastoral vistas ... Wonderful kitchen. Good location, close to Bozeman. I hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awsome location !! Erik was so great !! House was large and roomy.

  • 4 of 5

The property is very beautiful. House could use some landscaping and new furniture inside and out. The blinds give off a hot candel smell that is overpowering. Also could use a good spring cleaning, windows, screens, cabnets, carpets etc. That being said l would love to return and spend a week doing it for you...just for the joy of being there !!!! Plan on booking again in the future. Thanks again to Erik...he was awsome.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Montana Location for a Guys Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We rented the property for a bachelor party weekend. The property manager was incredibly helpful and informative as none of us had been to Bozeman prior. He gave great advice on the local area and the accommodations exceeded our expectations from his description. The house was idyllic, set apart from the main road with a nice deck overlooking the pond and neighboring forest. The house had sufficient space for our 10 guests, ample kitchen supplies, and tasteful Western decor. It was an excellent home base for us to relax and celebrate our friend and groom-to-be. But truthfully, we didn't spend much time inside as the real enjoyment came from fishing the pond and Gallatin River directly accessed from the property. Most of our activities offsite (hiking in Gallatin National Forest, visiting downtown Bozeman, tubing the Madison) were an easy 20 minute drive from the house and provided the type of low-key outdoor enjoyment we were looking for. I definitely would recommend this property to friends and family looking for a Montana retreat that has on-site fishing/outdoor relaxation along with easy access to the city of Bozeman and the outdoor recreation opportunities of Montana.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Bozeman, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season
1 Jun - 15 Sep
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
20 Dec - 2 Jan
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
MSU Graduation
1 May - 15 May
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £76.75
Property Damage Protection £45.28
Cleaning fees vary by number & season. Max £230.25
Tax Rate 7.0%

All renters must be accompanied by at least one person 25 years or older on premises.
Cleaning fees vary depending on season and number of guests.
Pet policy: pets will be considered on individual basis, with additional fee of $100 for each pet. Renters will be responsible for any and all damage.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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